The Nashville Predators tallied their second-highest shot total of the season, but Jake Allen and the St. Louis Blues prevailed 4-0 on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. Allen stopped all 45 shots the Predators threw his way and Nashville suffered their first regulation loss on home ice this season.
Nashville had a slew of chances on the night, and hit the post on multiple occasions, doing everything they could to score.
“It wasn’t from a lack of trying,” Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. “Attempts, opportunities, quality scoring chances, they’re all heavily stacked and [Allen] played a good game in net. We hit the post six times, couldn’t get it to bounce.”
St. Louis capitalized on a first-period power play, with defenseman Colton Parayko finishing off a quick passing play to put the puck past Pekka Rinne. It was the first goal Rinne has allowed in the first period this season and just the fourth time the Preds have surrendered the first goal of the game.
The Predators weren’t able to convert on a 1:20 worth of a 5-on-3 man advantage late in the second period, but the team headed into the locker room sensing they were close to breaking through.
“The guys thought we were going to win the game,” Laviolette said. “We went out in the third period to win the game and it didn’t take place tonight so we move on. There’s a lot of good things we can take from tonight.”
Alex Pietrangelo, Scottie Upshall and Alexander Steen added goals for the Blues in the final frame, putting Nashville’s record at 8-3-2 on the season.
“It seems like most games we’ve lost, we actually played pretty well,” defenseman Roman Josi said. “We out-chanced them the whole game, and it’s frustrating if you can’t score but you have to give them credit, they capitalized and their goalie was really good.”
With four more home games on the horizon, the Preds are ready to take the good out of Saturday’s outing and look ahead to Tuesday night at the Ottawa Senators.
“We’ve got four more at home here and we want to be really solid at home and make it a hard building to play in,” forward Mike Fisher said. “We’ve got to be ready for Tuesday.”
Gif of the Game:
Mike Ribeiro puts the puck across the goalmouth and off the far post with the Preds on a 5-on-3 man advantage.
Mike Fisher on playing games within the Central Division:
“We want to be winning these games; we need to be winning these games. We’ve got to find ways to score, and I thought we were hungry, our effort was pretty good but we didn’t win. There are things we’ve got to do better and we’ve got to get them next time.”
Nashville registered a season-high 47 shots on Oct. 15 against the New York Islanders; tonight’s total of 45 was the second-highest total on the season.
The Predators host Ottawa on Tuesday before Toronto, Winnipeg and Anaheim all come to town over the next 10 days.
Nashville hosted one of their two Hockey Fights Cancer Nights during the 2015-16 season on Saturday night. The Preds sported lavender sweaters during warm-ups and funds were donated to the Nashville Predators Foundation’s 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Dollar General. The Predators next Hockey Fights Cancer Night will be on Feb. 20 versus the Los Angeles Kings.
Look at a visual, statistical representation of the game with tonight’s infographic.
Infographic: Preds Shut Out by Blues